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Thursday, Aug. 2, 6:30 pm
WHERE'S WALDO? Party at Red Balloon.  
Sunday, Aug. 5, 10:00 am
Paws on Grand & Dogs of Literature Costume Contest.
Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:30 am
Cori Doerrfeld & E. Dee Taylor, GOOD DOGS & LOTS OF CATS storytime.
Monday, Aug. 13, 6:30 pm
"See You Tomorrow, Samurai" summer book club - 3rd meeting.
Opus & Olives
Sunday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm | Saint Paul RiverCentre
We are thrilled to be partnering with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as the bookseller for their fabulous fundraiser, Opus & Olives. Each year, Opus & Olives features five bestselling authors who entertain guests, sign books, and share their love of libraries.

Red Balloon will donate a portion of all book sales to The Friends of SPPL. Please join us in supporting our Saint Paul libraries!

By Elizabeth Lilly

This is the sweetest story about Geraldine who moves to a new school and feels so different from the other students (who are not used to having a giraffe in their classroom!) She eventually meets up with another student, also different in that she organizes her food, likes math, and wears glasses. They develop a mutual admiration, which they then share with the other school children. The book is realistic (not all days are good ones), while providing a positive message and a way for kids to view and handle differences. And the illustrations are delightful!  — Susan (RBB Staff)
A Festival of Ghosts
By William Alexander

The ghosts have returned to Ingot, and it's Rosa's job to appease the ones in the school to make it safe. When a handful of kids, and the principal, have their voices stolen by a water fountain, it's up to Rosa and her friend Jasper (who is also trying to save the town's Renaissance Festival) to figure out why, and how to get them back. Strong writing, great characters, and an underlying thoughtfulness about what it means when we try to erase history. But it's Rosa I love the best, who is undaunted by bullies and ghosts because she has a job to get done.    — Joan (RBB Staff)
By Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Illus.)

Two young brothers, Ebo and Kwame, are determined to leave their desperate living conditions in Ghana and find a better life in Europe. Their journey is filled with unimaginable challenges, but Ebo and Kwame are incredibly resourceful boys. Somehow they never lose the hope that life will get better. This is a page turner that is powerful, eye-opening, and heartbreaking. An important read for both teens and adults. — Holly (RBB Staff)
Save the Date
By Morgan Matson

I had so much fun spending time with the Grant family. Told over one weekend, everything goes wrong for one of the Grant children's wedding. However, Charlie and the Grant family, with the help of a uncle and nephew event planning business, and others passing through, handle all of the chaos with hilarity. This is a heartwarming story about a large family who all gather for a weekend that will leave you wishing you were a member of the Grant family! — Shannon S. (Teens Read Book Club)
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Kids Recommend Books
Calling all kids! Are there books you love that you're just dying to tell someone about? We want to know! Fill out one of our Readers Recommend shelftalkers and we'll put it out in the store so everyone can see it and pick up your favorite book for their next read!

Kids can also email us with their name, age, favorite book & why they love it here and we'll write up a shelftalker for them!
Get to Know a Bookseller in Three Questions! | Sarah
1. What's your favorite color? 
It changes every day (this has always frustrated my kids). 

2. What's your favorite board or card game?  
Mahjong, which is not to say that I'm any good at it! 

3. Which three authors (from any time period) would you want to have dinner with?
Jane Austen, Maurice Sendak, and Dorothy Sayers.
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